8th Grade English Course Descriptions
Eighth graders will be placed in an English course appropriate to their level, as determined by teacher recommendation.
211 ENGLISH 8
This is a comprehensive English course which continues to cover mastery of basic grammar. Students are required to utilize their grammar skills in a variety of writing assignments. Students are also introduced to the formal preparation of a research paper. Vocabulary reinforcement continues.
212 ADVANCED ENGLISH 8
This comprehensive English course covers the \ topics described above but progresses at an accelerated pace. Students will be asked to complete more frequent and more challenging writing assignments in addition to a more lengthy research paper.
213 HONORS ENGLISH 8
This comprehensive English course is designed for a student who has demonstrated superior grammar and writing skills. These highly motivated students will be expected to complete above grade level assignments while pursuing the course described above. Creative writing opportunities are offered along with a more rigorous formal research paper requirement.
8th Grade Literature Course Descriptions
Eighth graders will be placed in a literature course appropriate to their level, as determined by teacher recommendation.
231 LITERATURE 8
The eighth grade literature program builds on the skills introduced in the seventh grade program. Genres explored are nonfiction, short story, mythology, drama, poetry, and the novel. Also included in the eighth grade curriculum are “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and a re-telling of the Greek epic poem, Ulysses.
232 ADVANCED LITERATURE 8
Students placed in this level by their seventh grade literature teachers will have demonstrated an enjoyment of reading, self-motivation, academic discipline and above average comprehension, interpretation, and writing skills. Independent research and creative projects are required components of this course.
233 HONORS LITERATURE 8
Students placed in this level by their seventh grade literature teachers will have either successfully completed honors work in seventh grade or have demonstrated unusual ability in the areas of reading, writing, and interpreting above grade level literature. This course is structured to be intellectually challenging and engaging to highly motivated learners.